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Midland Railway - Butterley, Ripley

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The Midland Railway – Butterley is a heritage railway at Butterley, near Ripley in Derbyshire.OverviewThe Midland Railway – Butterley lies on the Ambergate to Pye Bridge Line of the old Midland Railway, although the present-day heritage line terminates at Hammersmith. The line currently runs for 3+1/2mi from Hammersmith via Butterley, Swanwick Junction, and Riddings to Ironville. It is operated by the Midland Railway Trust.The railway is also home to the narrow gauge Golden Valley Light Railway, which opened in 1991 and partially lies on the trackbed of a former plateway built by the Butterley Company in 1813 to connect its iron works facilities in Butterley and nearby Codnor Park.Stations of the MR (Butterley)HammersmithButterley - Headquarters of the Midland Railway (Butterley)Swanwick JunctionRiddings (run-round loop, currently no platform at present, Ironville Junction close by, Current terminus of the 'MR (B)', until further notice).
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  • Took the grandchildren for the brick week as they love lego as well as trains. Aged 12, 5 & 2 years. We all enjoyed the day, nostalgic train rides & a picnic although the food on offer looked nice at ...  more »
  • Always something going on here. If you like trains then your set. If not , don't bother. Nice walks around swanwick junction end. Not many animals on the farm these days but there are some horses to l...  more »
  • Revisiting Butterley and Swanwick Junction was quite a disappointment. I had visited twice before over the past 30 years and the railway and its stock doesn't sem to have moved on - in fact I think it...  more »
  • Too much to see in one day. Fantastic knowledgeable staff, nothing too much trouble. Fab Easter competition, find the names of the hidden lambs around the site. Kept the kids (aged 5 and 8) interested. Not too much in the gift shop to tempt them either. Reasonable cost £31 or so for a family of 4. Includes a half price voucher for next visit which can be passed on to friends and family. Would definitely recommend.
  • We had a lovely day here. Very factual place. Lots to see. The train rides where really good. Very reasonable prices. Kids all loved it and you can take your dog too so really is a day out for whole family. Could of spent all day here..
  • Spend quite a bit of time down at this place, it's free to enter unless you want to travel on the train, but done that so no need to do it again, there is usually different engines and other rolling stock to look at, being keen on photography there never any shortage of photo opportunities, as for the staff they are always pleasant and interesting to talk to, the only gripe I have the footpath between the stations is in need of a bit of attention, unwalkable after rain, and the trees could do with thinning out. Would make a really Photographic viewpoint of the trains steaming past, the various sheds are interesting with the various exhibits on show, and the cafes are very welcoming, if interested in Railways well worth a visit, if not keep away instead instead of giving it a bad review, as the staff give there time to try to give folk a place to visit , instead of being stuck in front of a television
  • Authentic steam trains. Friendly staff and very good value with lots to do and see.
  • Me and the family love it hear fantastic trains and model railway too great for young train enthusiasts.

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